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Area natives living out ‘dream job’

Mike Ostrowski considers himself a lucky man.Ostrowski, 42, looks outside of his office inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and thinks of the journey it took to get him here. The Cortland native is vice president of Cavaliers minor league operations and chief operating officer of the AHL's ...

Cyclones blank Scrappers, 4-0

NILES - After recording an abysmal 6-11 record for the month of June in a dismal start to the 2014 season, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers showed signs of life in July by squeaking out a 15-15 record for the month.The Scrappers bats caught fire in the latter half of July, and it finally looked as ...

M.V. wins in extras

NILES - Unless you're exhilarated by pitching dominance, action was lacking for the first half of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game Wednesday night. Through the first six innings, neither the Scrappers nor the Brooklyn Cyclones plated a run, and the two teams combined for five hits.The ...

He’s back

Jason Kokrak is back in the swing of things.The John F. Kennedy and Xavier University graduate will tee up for the first time since May at this week's PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky.Kokrak tees off Thursday at 9:10 a.m. on hole No. 1 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville with Stephen ...

WGH grad goes distance in Ironman

Heather Szuch Bellian didn't envision herself as a distance runner.Ask her 18-year-old self, the one who graduated from Warren G. Harding in 1988.She competed in track and field and was a cheerleader at WGH prior to leaving for the University of Toledo, where she didn't continue her athletic ...

WGH grad goes distance in Ironman

Heather Szuch Bellian didn't envision herself as a distance runner.Ask her 18-year-old self, the one who graduated from Warren G. Harding in 1988.She competed in track and field and was a cheerleader at WGH prior to leaving for the University of Toledo, where she didn't continue her athletic ...

Whisler heading to the big time

HOWLAND - David Brian Whisler isn't a football player, but if he was, he would soon be joining the Southeastern Conference.Whisler is a wrestler for Howland High School - and a darn good one at that - and the senior two-time state placer has always dreamed of competing at the highest ...

Blaney’s family ties

HARTFORD - Ryan Blaney didn't get much of an opportunity to watch his grandfather, Lou, in the sprint-car and modified races during Lou's 56-year career racing dirt tracks in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia - amongst other places.Lou struggled with Alzheimer's late in his life ...

Blaneys come together to pay homage to father

HARTFORD - When Dale Blaney entered the track to qualify for the sixth-annual Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway, he felt mixed emotions.The 50-year-old Hartford native said he missed his father, for whom the races were named and who passed away in 2009 after struggling with Alzheimer's. ...

LaBrae grad going strong in Warren AA

WARREN - At last check, Jeremy Krol's arm was still attached, and that means the 31-year-old former college pitcher will be throwing in the Warren AA baseball playoffs this week.Krol is in his 13th year playing the Warren AA league, and despite being the elder statesman of the first-place ...

Scrappers’ rally falls short in loss

NILES - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers might have lost Tuesday night, but they didn't quit before the final out.The Scrappers faced a seven-run deficit after the first six innings against the State College Spikes but didn't let the big lead overwhelm them. They battled back and narrowed the ...

Wed. 3:10 p.m.: Indians trade Masterson

CLEVELAND - The Associated Press and the Cleveland Indians are reporting that a deal has been struck that will send Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals.Masterson, who is in the final year of his contract, was dealt for outfielder James Ramsey, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the ...

A walk, a balk and a MV victory

NILES - The State College Spikes really spiked themselves Monday night at Eastwood Field.They maintained a commanding two-run lead over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers going into the bottom of the eighth inning but managed to blow the game just in time to lose, 3-2.State College reliever Jacob ...

Powerful Spikes too much for Scrapppers

NILES - State College manager Oliver Marmol doesn't have much to complain about when it comes to his lineup.The Spikes came into Sunday's matchup with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers leading the New York-Penn League in home runs with 36, and they boast the fourth-best team batting average in the ...

Champion woman wins Mr. Whiskers

MECCA - Second and third place finishers at the Mr. Whiskers Catfish Tournament at Mosquito Lake on Sunday caught undeveloped "mustaches" of catfish in comparison to the Grizzly Adams-esque "beard" caught by the winner. Coincidentally, the winner was one of the very few competitors unable to ...

Take on the world

HOWLANDPatrick Clemente doesn't remember the first time his daughter, Gianna, played her first round of golf, though he does remember the first time he took her to hit balls at Creekside Golf Dome in Girard. She hadn't even turned 2 years old yet.At that point, he didn't know if his child would ...

Mr. Whiskers Tournament ends today at Mosquito Lake

MECCA - Catfish is on the menu for dozens of area anglers who gathered at Mosquito Lake for the 11th annual Mr. Whiskers Catfish Tournament. The 12-hour, overnight tournament began at 7 p.m. Saturday, attracting competitors from all around Ohio, Pennsylvania, and even a few from New York.The ...

Area briefs

High school soccer referees training upcomingHigh school soccer referees are having 2014 Ohio High School Athletic Association at the Niles Wellness Center.Registration will be accepted online.Classes are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday.USSF currently registered must complete 12 hours, ...

Scrappers win second straight, 7 out of 9

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored four runs in top of the 10th inning to pull away from the Williamsport Crosscutters in a 5-1 win on Saturday, their second in a row and seventh win out of their last nine games.Taylor Murphy drove in the winning run for Mahoning Valley ...

Outdoor briefs

Lowellville Rod and Gun Club to hold archery shootThe Lowellville Rod and Gun Club will be holding "Fun Archery Shoots" on the following Tuesdays: Aug, 12, 19 and 26 as well as Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The shooting begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.Hubbard Conservation Club has catfish ...